Mike welcomes calls for tougher sentencing for flytippers


News from Medway Council website

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales, which gives guidance to the courts, says in its draft guidelines that magistrates should impose greater fines more frequently against the most serious offenders.

Medway Council has a zero tolerance in regards to flytipping and will always prosecute anyone it catches doing so.

In the past 12 months the council has brought 14 prosecutions before Medway Magistrates for flytipping and waste related offences.

They have also successfully defended two appeals at Maidstone Crown Court. This has resulted in fines and costs totalling £15,722 as well as 360 hours community service, a three-month suspended prison sentence and a four-month curfew order. In addition, one suspected fly tipper was extradited to Poland for another offence as a direct result of being prosecuted by the team.

The council’s most recent prosecution for fly tipping resulted in a fine of £500 and costs of £1,200 for the individual involved. Another case involving trade waste resulted in two men each being fined £600, and costs of £100 each.

Medway Council is grateful to the courts for treating all these incidents so seriously.

Cllr Mike O’Brien, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact, said: “Flytipping is an inexcusable offence that blights an area and causes misery for residents.

“I am pleased that the Sentencing Council for England and Wales has recommended tougher sentencing. We need to hand out a strong message that flytipping will not be tolerated and we appreciate the work of the Magistrates in Medway.

“Anyone who has a problem with illegal dumping of waste and flytipping in their area should call the council on 333333. We are determined to act against people flytipping and will always prosecute anyone we catch.”

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales proposed guidelines are the first to be issued for environmental offences. It is consulting on these new guidelines and is seeking views on its proposals through its consultation, which runs until 6 June 2013 and is aimed at the public, those working in the criminal justice system and environmental professionals.

People can have their say by going to the Sentencing Council for England and Wales’ website at http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk/consultations-current.htm

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